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Opening Night Film: Dream Scenario at the Montclair Film Festival

October 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm

$30 – $175

The Montclair Film Festival is proud to announce the highly anticipated Opening Night Film, Dream Scenario, featuring the one and only Nicolas Cage in the lead role as the talented and enigmatic Paul Matthews. This long-awaited film promises to be a captivating and thrilling journey that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

With a star-studded cast and an accomplished director at the helm, including some of the most talented filmmakers and actors in the industry, Dream Scenario is a masterpiece of the modern era of cinema. The film is set to take audiences on a profound and thought-provoking journey through a fascinating story that is beautifully crafted and expertly realized.

We’re excited to give fans of the widely acclaimed and acclaimed actor Nicolas Cage the chance to see him in a brand-new light, and we look forward to sharing this unique and engaging cinematic experience with everyone who joins us for the Montclair Film Festival’s Opening Night. Come and be a part of this incredible journey!

In DREAM SCENARIO, Nicolas Cage stars as Paul Matthews, a listless family man and tenured professor with an affinity for evolutionary biology and anxiety regarding his own anonymity. One day, he discovers he has begun to appear in other people’s dreams and he becomes an overnight celebrity, showered with the attention he has long been denied. But when Paul encounters a dreamer whose visions of him differ substantially from the norm, he finds himself grappling with the Faustian bargain of fame. DREAM SCENARIO is an inventive comedy, filled with unpredictable twists and turns, driven by outstanding performances (including a performance by Nicolas Cage that ranks among his career best) and visionary insight into the unsettling power of contemporary celebrity. Montclair Film is proud to present DREAM SCENARIO as the Opening Night Film of the 2023 Montclair Film Festival.

Q&A with Writer Director Kristoffer Borgli follows the screening.

DREAM SCENARIO is an A24 release

  • Section: Opening Night Film

  • Director: Kristoffer Borgli

  • Producer: Ari Aster, Tyler Campellone, Jacob Jaffke, Lars Knudsen

  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Michael Cera, Tim Meadows, Dylan Gelula

  • Country: USA

The 12th annual Montclair Film Festival will take place October 20-29, 2023. The full festival schedule will be announced in late September. Tickets go on sale to Members on October 2 and to the General Public on October 6. For more information, visit montclairfilm.org.

2023 Festival | Montclair Film

Montclair Film today revealed the artwork for this year’s Montclair Film Festival. The design, created by Montclair creative agency, Hiker, replicates the printing technique risograph to create an energetic and exciting representation of the annual festival. The team used words that capture the feel of the festival including Connect, Excite, Inspire and Explore and their corresponding visual sound waves in combination with phrases that embody the power of film on the big screen such as Cinema Opens Worlds and Cinema Sparks Dreams. Four different posters have been created and will be used across different applications of the campaign.

“The design language is inspired by risographs,” said designer Nayeon Lee from Hiker. “It’s a printing technique derived from a specific brand of Japanese printer that just looks cool to me. And I wanted to make something exciting, which is why the design incorporates soundwaves and bright colors. The soundwaves are based on real words – inspire, connect, excite, explore – which all circle back to how we relate to cinema.”

“The treatment captures the energy and excitement of the Montclair Film Festival. We love the street art feel of the work and the engaging, textured look
of the risograph technique,” remarked Montclair Film’s Executive Director and Co-Head Beth Gottung.

“Montclair Film is a fantastic partner for Hiker. Curious, smart, equity-focused, and a beacon for arts and learning in the community, Montclair Film represents so much that matters to us as a creative agency. We are a better agency for this partnership, and grateful for the collaboration with the entire Montclair Film team,” stated Gregor Clark, Principal & Founder of Hiker

“It’s been wonderful to work with Hiker on this collaboration. They brought ideas to the table that challenged what we’ve traditionally done, and we love where the final artwork ended up,” said Montclair Film’s Marketing Director Jill Montague


October 20, 2023
7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
$30 – $175
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